DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) -- John Bloom, who studied with Grant Wood and became known in the Midwest for his paintings of farm scenes, died at his home Tuesday. He was 96.Early in his career, Bloom's work caught the eye of Wood, who invited Bloom to work with him at his study in Stone City, near Anamosa.During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Bloom worked with Wood on several mural projects, and later received commissions to do similar work in post offices in DeWitt and Tipton.It was then that Bloom met Isabel Scherer, who also lived in Woods' artists' colony. Scherer and Bloom married in 1938.Isabel Bloom became a noted artist whose popular sculptures of chubby cherubs, children, birds and animals made her a recognized name in the Midwest. She died at 93 on May 1, 2001.The couple, married for 63 years, collaborated on a children's book titled ``The Story of Little Cat.'' Isabel wrote the text, and John did the illustrations.They had three sons. Jerry of Davenport and Tom of Oxford survive. Charles preceded his parents in death.John Bloom, a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, also did interior decorating and painted numerous houses in his native DeWitt.Drawing animals in pen and ink remained a favorite medium and his work has been featured in one-man shows in the Quad Cities. Several pieces are in the permanent collection of the Davenport Museum of Art.Funeral arrangements are pending at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home in Davenport. Visitation is scheduled for Friday.
Today is Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.